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Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from The Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring - at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence.

Years earlier, 10-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. Child after child disappeared, a reign of terror the town desperately wants to forget. Now that terror has returned to seize another girl. And another. And another.

This is the story Laura's been waiting for - her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined.

Powerful, intricate, and tense, Last Girl Gone will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page.

©2018 J. G. Hetherton (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

Rarely do I read a fiction book written by a male author. My reasons are a moot point here because I wasn't sure of the author's gender when purchasing this book. The story just sounded good.

And I wasn't disappointed. Far from it. This ranks among the best books I've read this year, and I've read maybe 100-120 books so far this year.

The story is great. Raw, which doesn't bother me. Not raw in the writing. That is quite well-defined. Raw in content emotionally and in descriptions. The protagonist is almost an antihero, then she surprises you with true selflessness until you're cheering for her. You understand her motives, and your heart breaks again and again until the gut-wrenching ending.

Not a tragic ending. Perhaps that's a spoiler, and I want to say it because I nearly didn't finish the book because I thought at a few points it might be. Hetherton ends on a note of hope, and not in a convenient twist way.

I can't do the story justice without giving too much away, so just want to encourage anyone considering reading this book to do so.

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